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Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

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BA SCORE
86
very good

221 Reviews
THE BROS
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very good

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 387
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 29
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2004

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Reviews: 221 | Hads: 387
Photo of tbryan5
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden, orange hue with minimal head and lacing. The smell is fantastic. Lots of honey accented by orange and a slight apple. The back end is a pleasant array of spice and clove. Taste matches the smell. Honey predominates, and, in my opinion has a perfect amount of carbonation. A great representation of the style. (331 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.79 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $3.99
Purchased: July 18, 2015
Consumed: July 18, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, caramel, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white rocky head, which thinned out rather quickly. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom along the sides. Poor lacing on the sides. Below average-to-poor retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled honey, caramel, sour fruit, pear, apple and earthy notes, ending with sharp peppery cloves. (Smell - 4.13)

Taste pretty much follows the nose, although not as good. Got pear, apple peel, light apple juice, caramel, sour or slightly spoiled fruit, honey, pepper and candied cloves. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.38)

This was only my third kind of this style, so I’m not going to compare. This beer had its moments, but something just didn’t work out as soon as it hit my lips. Great value for $3.99 a 6-pack though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.79 | 85 | B+ (1,242 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is about a finger high and eggshell in shade. Retention is nothing special, though a little bit of lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: Sweet caramel malts dominate, with additional biscuity touches. Some lighter stone fruits appear when it opens up. I'm struggling to pick up any significant rustic notes aside from subtle touches of bread and black pepper, though.

Taste: Starts off with plenty of caramel and brown sugar qualities, maybe even some graham cracker. It finishes vaguely spicy, with some black pepper and a touch (I do mean a touch, too) of farmhouse yeast. Pleasant, but lacking depth. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Despite the powerful crystal malt sweetness, it finishes quite dry - dry enough to be easy to drink, in fact! Sweetness does accumulate after many sips, slowing things down. That's due to the fact that it doesn't feel very lively on the tongue. (3.25)

Overall: It is what it is, a nice springtime beer, no more or no less. Still, I can't help but wish for more of a rustic character - this tastes more like a typical amber ale to me. Worthy enough, but I like to think there are funkier biere de gardes out there... (3.25)

3.24/5: Not bad at all, too bad it lacks the proper farmhouse characteristics (1,303 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Solid and somewhat opaque rust colored brown, with perhaps an orange tinge to it. A good appearance of middle carbonation through a thick body, but also some very fine micro line rising on the sides. Head is tiny, barely a finter but manage a controlled and solid puck that keeps getting repopulate. Creamy top, off white, and a solid looking garde.

Aroma doesn't seem to hint so much at big farmhouse notes, but a sense of almost faint lamic fruit acid quality, and sourdough bread comes off. Obvious biscuit and cookie like notes on the bouquet, which match with a slight sour twinge nicely on the beer. Seems subdued, but nice.

Palate seems on first sip quite neutral. Not much obvious until the final swallow seems to be complete. Decent malt depth, a good coating through the palate but manges to emphasize cookie caramel than farmhouse. Mild biscuity finish coupled with just a hinting bit of pepper, with a great aromatic almost smoke like aftertaste. Sweet caramel just a touch as well, but the sweetness definitely seems to standout above anything else.

A decent brew but seems to lack obvious large yeast and noticeable properties that seem to make the style so distinct. A very subtle garde but also real easy drinking because of that. (1,304 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam. It's not too bad.

Smell: rather sweet and malty with a light note of toast. Nice enough, but it doesn't blow me away.

Taste: malty with a little toast and a light hint of funk. At first, the beer seems a little bit mild, but then the character begins to build. There is a good, slow-building bitterness, and the earthier elements start to come out more.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a great creaminess. This I like.

Overall: this is an interesting beer; it starts out a bit underwhelming but builds into something rather nice. (737 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I feel like I once tried this beer back in my NoVa days, but I can't be sure. Oh well, gonna haveta have it (potentially) again. Problems such as these... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear golden amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, light toffee, orange zest, a twinge of lemon peel, and a slight hint of what may or may not be apricot. The taste brings in more of the same, some spices tossed in for the sake of it, particularly black pepper and mild clove. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice beer, one I could see drinking again, though it's unlikely to find its way to the top of my prospective list. (780 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a near opaque orange. It does not look like anything is suspended in the liquid, but an opaque hazed look. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a second with light lace.
S: Toasted malts, baked bread, caramel. Then a nice orange zest, maybe some apple skins as well.
T: Toasted malts, bread, caramel sweetness. Again, finishes with a fruity note. Orange, apple, and white pepper lingers.
M/D: A medium body. While not under carbonated at all, I was hoping for a more crisp bite. Plenty smooth though. Nice and simple to enjoy. Nothing wrong with that.

Nothing particularly pops, but still a simple malt and yeast character that works. If not particularly exceptional, still very enjoyable. (722 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16oz tulip glass. Nice hazy orange-yellow color, short half finger head, dissipates to a constant foam film.

Aroma is mostly malt with some apple or pear in background.

Taste is a refreshingly sweet, somewhat cider like note. I detected some spice or dryness in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, yet refreshing, There is more crispness than expected.

Overall, I liked this and consider it an above average beer, First Bier de Mars, so I am far from being able to rate this against others in this type. I also think this is a style that should be drunk very fresh, and closer to season, which I unfortunately did not do. That being said, I would look for this again, and would look for the Brewer again as well. (766 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly good slightly sweet malty beer. Nothing exceptional. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flute. Hazy apple cider color with a medium size bubbly white head. Average retention and some scattered lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild, somewhat sweet malt, not so much caramel as a kind of apple cider aroma. Taste is similar, somewhat malty with a slight light fruit flavor. Very mild hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly sweet and nicely carbonated.

Overall pleasant enough but there is nothing memorable here, (537 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper amber colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: slight spice and malt, lemon

T: sweet and malt up front with a little hint of lemon and cardamon

M: thinner with low carbonation

O: ok but nothing special (297 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium bronze amber with a half finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of bready, mildy caramel malt, Belgian yeast, apple juice, light vinous mustiness. Flavor follows aroma with bready and caramel malt, light toffee, apple and grape juice, Belgian yeast; lightly buttery spicy. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice domestic take on a Biere de garde, with a nice balanced variety of malt and fruit flavors, satisfying mouth feel. Nicely done. (515 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Pours clear amber with plenty of visible carbonation and a durable off-white head.

Aroma: more like a pilsner than expected, with earthy hops showing.

Flavor: certainly better than the aroma suggests. Moderate complexity. Mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Bready malts with faint fruity and spicy notes.

O: well seeking out.

Feel: excellent creamy but lively feel with medium+ body. (416 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - reddish golden color with white head

Smell - ? not picking up much at all with the nose, what I can detect is a hint of citrus

Taste - caramel, cherry, citrus

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing

Overall - my first time with this style, not a huge departure from a traditional amber ale. I'm glad to have tried this. (359 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden copper with a finger of head. The nose is yeasty and there is also some sweet note as well - syrup or perhaps molasses. The malt is quite forward considering the body is fairly light. There is the classic Belgian funky tartness but it is relatively mild. The finish is semi-dry. (293 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a beautiful sunshine yellow hue. Scant head of loose white foam that fell fast. Nose is forward with malt and it's a sweet cracker. Some earthy spice and a beautiful herbal that is sweet like the first grass. Floral but subtle. Orange citrus is in the background like it's just waiting to come out and show itself.

Tasste is lovely. It's a bit of dry biscuit and it's soft and delectable. It has a bit of sweetness to it and a lush earthy spice. Good carbonation keeps this dancing across the palate. The spice and the malty character are the foundation for a very delicate citrus. The orange is subtle and demure. It permeates the drink but never comes on too strong. It leaves you wanting more. There is a sweet grassy herbal that it tantalizing alongside the orange.

This beer is lovely.Malt forward in a way that is playful and with a fruit character that is as lovely as the thought of the fruit itself. I like this style very much and it's my first time with it. I would call it subtle and a bit savory with an elegant taste of fruit. (1,069 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No dating that I could find.

Nice pour, yellow with hints of red. 1/2 inch foamy head which sank to 1/4-1/8 inch fairly quickly. Interesting spidery lacing

very little aroma, some yeast, and a little fruit

enjoying the taste though, much stronger than anticipated. even a little alcohol burst toward the end. light to medium on the mouth. fairly dry finish.

Admit to not being that fond of Southampton beers, but this one is quite pleasant. certaily wouldn't pass it up again. (526 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southampton Biere De Mars has a thick, spongy, white head, and a hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, and a pretty substantial lace curtain left behind. The aroma is evocative of wheat, for sure, but one will pick up subtle spices, sweetness, and a wonderful toasted malt. Taste is of sweet, spiced bread and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Southampton Biere De Mars finishes semi-dry, a bit alcoholic, and quite drinkable.

RJT (453 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Oxidized orange with a glass consuming effervesce. A creamy 1 inch heather tinted head has longtivity while gracing the glass with a respectable snakeband laceing.

S: Nose of toasted sweet honey malt, toasted almond, fresh nobel flowers, with some sweet vienna accents. Finishes with a light earthy barnwood fade.

T: Flavor was sweet and toasty grains, vienna, dry caramel, immediatly followed by a musky scent. Sweet almond butter, honey, mixes with some fresh nobel flowery hops.

M: crisp, with a slick honey consistency, and sweet honey warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall it feels like an octoberfest, sweetly malted with a bit of musky, yeasty saison quality. Nobel hop presence and a solid good making per style. Good drinkability. (751 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden with a surprisingly thin head and not much lacing

S: Light fruits and light grainy scents

T: Spicy and vague light fruit. Semi-dry finish

M: Light bodied

O: I really expected more out of this one. Could definitely say its refreshing, but thats about it. Scent and taste are weak and I would have liked a bit of a drier crisper finish. Definitely needs more to it if its going to be 6.5% (401 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, light brown color with a thin cap of head that fades quickly.

Aroma: Very bready, molasses, hints of ripe fruit.

Taste: Syrupy sweetness, bready malt, then a bit of funky yeast in the middle. Sourness builds on the back end, with some nutty and grain husk notes trailing in the finish which is fairly lingering.

The Rest: To be fair, this is a style I don't have a lot of expirence with. It reminds me somewhat of a dubble, but the malt and sweetness is just a bit too unbalanced. (501 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, pear, apple, grape, bread, clove, pepper, floral, herbal, light coriander, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, pear, apple, clove, pepper, light coriander, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, bread, light fruits, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. A bit too dry on the flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good biere de garde style. Good complexity and balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Needed a bit more malt in the flavors, but otherwise a nicely enjoyable offering. (1,328 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, but Southampton arrived in IL in late spring 2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Southampton's Biere de Garde is a strange, lager-like interpretation of the style that loses much of the typical Belgian or French intricacies inherent in many of these beers. Mostly relying on a marzen-like blend of lightly toasted and crystal malts for toasted bread and light caramel flavor, it comes across as fairly average, missing much of the complexity or variation seen in many others of this style. One I'd probably not revisit if seeking out a Biere de Garde, but perhaps a go-to for a marzen fix?

Pours a 2cm head of medium-sized, off-white bubbles that give a sponge-like appearance, but have above average retention of about two minutes. The head fades to a thin film atop the body of the beer that resists breaking apart for the duration of the session; the foam is thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few small blotches and dots that cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a medium-dark copper orange color, with light bringing out bright orange hues with traces of copper. Carbnation readily visible through the transparent body, high in number and moderately active in movement. Overall, this is fairly average for the style.

Aroma is of biscuits, mild yeast, caramel, and minerals, with no clear phenolics from the saison yeast, and no real hop character. The scents speak of the cool fermentation and aging the brewery's website says they perform on this beer, which makes it more like a marzen or amber lager than a French or Belgian-styled ale. Not bad, but certainly a bit different than expectations for a classic biere de mars.

Flavor is, similar to smell, very similar to a marzen, fairly rich with biscuits, toasted bread, and light caramel, but lacking much in the way of any French or Belgian yeast character. Front of palate picks up minerals, toasted biscuits and some caramel, and slight fruity esters (baked apples, slight banana). Mid-palate of hearty toasted biscuits and bread, light caramel, lightly spicy phenolics, slight basement mustiness, and continued mild fruity esters (baked apples, slight banana). Back of palate finds increased presence of spicy phenols mingling with toasted biscuits, caramel, and bread crust flavors, with a mild hint of spiced apple cider as well. Aftertaste is of yeast, minerals, and biscuits, with slight hints of toasted bread and caramel.

Beer is medium in body with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth, only slightly foamy, mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation would probably help with aromatics, as well as assist the mouthfeel reaching the typical carbonation level for the style. Closes dry with slight astringency on the palate and stickiness around the lips, appropriate for the beer and the style in general. (2,880 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer from trade with jrgratz (though the bottle looks more pedestrian than the picture here). Thanks! Pours clear copper with small white head. Aroma smells like a lager/marzen. Sweet malt with a hint of spice. Flavor has up front yeast funk with a bit of spice and bitterness. Lingering funk on the palate. Light mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Not bad. (362 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear light golden amber in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some hints of apricot highlights. The beer has a three quarter finger tall creamy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and biscuit malts with lighter notes of light fruit sweetness (apple) as well as some light hints of citrus/orange hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and biscuit malts with some light fruit sweetness (apples). There are some light hints of spices as well as some very light amounts of citrus/orange hops. Overall the beer is slightly sweet upfront with only hints of bitterness towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable though fairly malty - pairs really nicely with some spicy foods. (989 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange-gold hue under a tight, creamy head. Sweet, bready malt aromas upfront, with some pear, flowers, coriander, and lemon. Flavors are primarily bready and sweet, much like the nose, along with spiced apple, light cherry, and dried fruits. Medium-bodied, slick, and clingy on the palate. A little too sweet for my liking, but decent. (336 characters)

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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
86 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.